“So many books, so little time.” – Frank Zappa
I don’t remember my very first book, but I remember loving to read as far back as my memory allows. I have random fragments associated with reading. I remember March of Dimes read-athons, spelling bees, and library time with my grandmother. I can recall the smell of the public libraries I frequented with my grandmother, where she let me check out as many books as my tiny arms could carry (including books my mother wouldn’t let me read… Sorry, Mom!)
My first book-specific memory comes from a very special Christmas when my grandmother purchased the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Jean Wilder. I had already read all of these books by age 8, struggling to understand some of the more grown-up concepts of love, marriage, and tragedy, but devouring them nonetheless. What made them special was the note inside them, hand-penned from my grandmother. It didn’t matter that I had read them. I would read them a hundred times more before they disappeared into the dust like childhood treasures often do, and each time, I would see her handwriting and feel a warmth in my heart that only comes from knowing a grandmother’s love.
This love of books has followed me throughout my life. As I come to an age where my children need me less, I find a rise in the tide of that passion, so I have come here, to share this love with the world.
My dream is to someday own a bookstore of my own, a place where I can put that love on display in physical form. I want to bring you on a journey with me as my dream grows, expands, and begins to take on a life of its own.
You can always expect discussions on books, writing, publishing and book selling here. You might also learn about me, my family, and other hobbies. I am led by my emotions, and while I can channel a certain eloquence most of the time, it would only be fair to warn you that you might find the occasional angry rant or sharp sarcasm. One promise to my readers: I will always be myself.
I am excited to see where this adventure takes us. I hope you’ll join me. – LaRene